Plus, J.K. Rowling reveals one decision distinguishing successful people
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FEBRUARY 2019
When you and your friend both want the same promotion
Harvard Business Review
The friendships we form with our co-workers are important. Don't let the competition for an advancement mar your relationships. Follow these instructions to keep a level head when you encounter this tricky situation.
These 6 types of music are known to dramatically improve productivity
Entrepreneur
Looking to boost your efficiency during busy season? Research suggests adding these songs to your playlist can help with concentration, inspiration and focus.
How to build a powerful professional network early in your career
Forbes
Creating your network may seem daunting. However, it's a necessary skill that will benefit you throughout your career. Consider these helpful hints when developing new professional relationships.
Rule No. 1: Follow your heart
SAS
Even in our professional lives, it's important to do what we believe in. This can be as simple as embracing a passion or as challenging as listening to a gut-wrenching instinct.
The do's and don'ts of writing a recommendation on LinkedIn
U.S. News
Want to make sure your LinkedIn recommendation of a former co-worker stands out (in a good way)? Try these suggestions when crafting your public recommendations.
These are the worst passwords of 2018; is yours on the list?
Digital Trends
Stop the madness, people! It's time to ditch the "12345" password.
How to have tough conversations without sounding condescending
Fast Company
No one likes pointing out their co-worker's mistakes, but sometimes you must to get the work done. The next time you're in this situation, use these phrases to soften the blow.
J.K. Rowling reveals one decision separating people who achieve success from those who only dream
Inc.
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling showed us, "It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live." See what other advice she has for those wanting to make their dreams a reality.
Networking Tip
"Modesty matters. There's a fine line between reckless self-promotion and business development."

-- Zach Friedman, founder and CEO of Make Lemonade
Don't make the wrong impression. Avoid these missteps when networking.

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Marcus Rien
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* Trivia Challenge
What is the only Shakespearean play that mentions the month of February?
A. "Hamlet"
B. "Much Ado About Nothing"
C. "Julius Caesar"
D. "As You Like It"
Want to know the answer? Look for the asterisk * at the bottom of the newsletter.
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*Trivia Challenge Answer: B: "Much Ado About Nothing"

Source: "The Encyclopedia of Useless Information"

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